My Marriage Is Perfect…YEAH RIGHT!

IMG_0289As many of you know, Amy & I have the perfect marriage. It has always been rainbows and alive with the light of a million fairies. YEAH RIGHT!

No, the truth is we’ve had a 14+ year marriage that has been all over the map. Figuratively and literally, haha. We have experienced many joys, but we have also experienced (and sometimes created) many heartbreaking, trust eroding, emotion shattering moments as well. In the midst of the highs and lows, we’ve known one thing to be true: God must be the center of our marriage. That sounds like a trite “Christianese” phrase but it is very true. If we don’t allow Him entrance into every part of us individually and as a couple, we will never walk in the freedom and calling He has for us. At least not to its fullest.

As we’ve moved through our journey, there have been pivotal moments that have led us to stop and evaluate our marital and spiritual health. I’m writing today because last night was one of those times. As we got into bed and would have normally turned on a show or movie, I was led to go to the website of a church I like in Nashville. As I began to scroll through past messages, I found this video. Click Here As Amy and I sat and listened for just over an hour, we were strongly impacted by what this message spoke to us. God used it to reveal things to us about ourselves, our marriage, our parenting, people we’ve hurt, people who have hurt us. It was POWERFUL.

I strongly recommend you and your spouse OR perhaps you and your boyfriend/girlfriend watch this video. Take an hour and instead of watching mindless tv or movies, watch something that can impact your life and help you shape your future. There’s no catch here. They are not selling anything and neither am I. It is real, raw, authentic, biblical insight on relationships. I pray you’ll allow it to impact you for the better.

Believing God will be at work in your relationships as He is in ours!

Written by Andrew Pino

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The Challenge of Submission

IMG_2347Submission is a word that when most people hear it, they define it as “walked on, degraded, defeated, etc” Often the mental picture of a caveman pulling his wife along by her hair comes to mind. To “spiritually” elaborate within that metaphor, God would be the caveman and we would be the woman. As if there is no choice on our part whether to serve and obey Him. Basically a “forced” slave told to do everything and punished if we don’t. This is NOT a picture of submission. I can’t imagine any of us wanting to be Christians if that were the case.

The truth is: submission to God actually results in “rising up, being valued, and living victoriously”. He cares for us so much that instead of beating us into submission, He gives us a choice. Think about that…the King of Kings, Creator of the Universe, Alpha and Omega cares enough about you that He lets you decide how to live your life. That in and of itself should make us want to worship Him. Sadly our ego and pride distract many of us and before we know it WE look more like the caveman dragging along everyone else behind us.

It’s only when we lay our pride, agenda, and talents before the Lord that we’re able to truly live an amazing life. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that if you submit to God life will be a breeze. Honestly, when you submit to God and allow Him to direct your life, the enemy (Satan) actually attacks more often. See, when you were living on your own you didn’t really pose a threat to him, but when you put God in the driver’s seat you immediately get his attention. He’s constantly thinking, “What is this person going to do for God and how can I stop it?” Don’t let that last statement alarm you. The Bible says in James 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Satan will always do his best to divert and destroy you, BUT if you stay submitted to God, He will always be fighting on your behalf!

This concept of submission is just one of the many principles that make Christians different from the world. You can find so many other concepts/words that mean one thing to the world, but something totally opposite in the Kingdom of God… that’s not an accident. Remember God called us to be “in the world, but not of the world”. We should always be able to relate with “the lost,” but we shouldn’t live like them.

Don’t be afraid to live “differently” than the world, because it’s God that defines you!

Written by Andrew Pino

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